GM Set to Return to Military Service

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The long-dormant arm of GM focused on serving and supporting the military with products and technology is back and could offer some interesting vehicles.

According to Automotive News (subscription required), GM Defense — sold in 2003 to military contractor General Dynamics — is now back and ready to return to the world of military contracts with vehicles such as the high-tech hydrogen-fuel-cell Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 — a small tactical field 4x4 pickup offering little noise or heat signature — as well as its Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure, aka SURUS, which is a hydrogen-fuel-cell electric platform with autonomous capabilities.

GM Defense has not announced any government contracts yet, but the Army has concluded a yearlong test of the Colorado ZH2 and SURUS did attract attention at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January. We expect to hear about and see more pickup truck platforms making their way into GM Defense's lineup as well.

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kinda makes you want to go downtown and sign up!

Not at all papa.

My MPs and I NEVER wanted a little pretend pick up to roll into combat in or on patrol with. Running errands yes.

Saw SF using black Tacoma TRDs when they went the little truck route.

We could have used one of these in Vietnam with 2 mini-guns
mounted on them, remote controlled, all wheel drive, electric
motors for silence, several thousand rounds of 7.62 and a self-
destruct charge in the event charlie got his paws on one.
A roving 1 man platform of utter destruction....
One minor problem-that technology didn't exist in 1969....

Clint has one opinion, I have another

My MPs and I NEVER wanted a little pretend pick up to roll into combat in or on patrol with.

Posted by: Clint | May 15, 2018 9:38:35 AM

Of course, you would prefer the full size Military grade aluminum truck for combat. Good luck.

Maybe the Gov. isn't interested, they tested a few products, but no contract? Strange, I'd think they'd bailout GM with this.

What gives.

:(

They cannot even keep their company afloat, and now they want to drag the taxpayers down again?

GM is doing just fine. The Hummer is being replaced with a Duramax-powered Oshkosh JLTV. Weird, no Powerstroke under that hood...

GM is on the GOV tit, why wouldn't they use the Duramax.

They probably obtained the engine for free, this is why.

GM is on the GOV tit, why wouldn't they use the Duramax.

They probably obtained the engine for free, this is why.

Posted by: Frank | May 15, 2018 11:57:40 AM

Doubtful. Must be the "Military Grade" Ford trucks aren't good enough for ole Uncle Sam. :)

Doubtful. Must be the "Military Grade" Ford trucks aren't good enough for ole Uncle Sam. :)


Posted by: Military Grade Kool-Aid | May 15, 2018 12:59:23 PM

Well.....Ford is in the Business to sell trucks, not to give them away to the Government....err Uncle Sam.

Well.....Ford is in the Business to sell trucks, not to give them away to the Government....err Uncle Sam.
Posted by: Frank | May 15, 2018 1:23:04 PM

Yet you defend Ford when people point out that 1/3 of all Ford trucks sold are low-margin fleet sales. Over 6% of trucks and SUVs sold by Ford each year are government sales. Ford has been suckling from the government teet for just as long as anybody.

Yet you defend Ford when people point out that 1/3 of all Ford trucks sold are low-margin fleet sales.

@Frank

I'd put some ice on that if I were you

The GM trannys are not reliable !
Everybody knows the 2016 and 17 Silverado's and Colorado's have major tranny problems and failures
Did GM come up with a fix or a redesigned tranny?
I didn't hear of any

I wan't our members of the military to have the best, I don't want them to get stuck into a life or death situation because the tranny failed in the middle of combat.
They would be better off with a stock 2018 F-150 Eco-Boost

Yet you defend Ford when people point out that 1/3 of all Ford trucks sold are low-margin fleet sales. Over 6% of trucks and SUVs sold by Ford each year are government sales. Ford has been suckling from the government teet for just as long as anybody.


Posted by: Brawndo | May 15, 2018 1:48:10 PM

You talk as if Fleet Sales are a bad sale. If my company needed reliable trucks, I'd buy a reliable brand of trucks.

Not sure why the Government is not interested in GM military products.

Stop trying to bring Ford into this, this is about a car company attempting to make military products that the Government has no interest in. Give it a rest already with the fleet sales comment. Let that sink, would you buy inferior products for your company, knowing you, you possibly will.

@papajim....meh, who cares what you say.

You talk as if Fleet Sales are a bad sale.

Posted by: Frank | May 15, 2018 2:14:28 PM

They are for people that bought the same truck as a retail sale. It floods the market with cheap used fleet trucks that hurts resale value for retail buyers.

It's also bad for a company to rely to heavily on fleet sales. Those sales have much worse margins and hurt residual values of those trucks down the road.

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Not sure why the Government is not interested in GM military products.

Posted by: Frank | May 15, 2018 2:14:28 PM

They seem plenty easger to use Duramax diesel engines and Allison transmissions. Not sure why they want nothing to do with the Powerstroke... oh wait...


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Stop trying to bring Ford into this, this is about a car company attempting to make military products that the Government has no interest in. Give it a rest already with the fleet sales comment. Let that sink, would you buy inferior products for your company, knowing you, you possibly will.

Posted by: Frank | May 15, 2018 2:14:28 PM

You clearly don't understand how government military contracts work.

You clearly don't understand how government military contracts work.


Posted by: Brawndo | May 15, 2018 3:34:10 PM

Clearly you would know? Please. Just stop, this story is almost a year old.


http://www.autonews.com/article/20171009/OEM/171009800/gm-military-defense-contractor

Hydrogen power is impractical

Clearly you would know? Please. Just stop, this story is almost a year old.

Posted by: Frank | May 15, 2018 3:37:54 PM

GM Defense isn't just coming up with concept vehicles and pitching them to the military. The military creates a contract, multiple companies create the vehicle specified in the contract, and they all submit bids. The military then selects a winning bid.

In the case of the Colorado ZH2, it was developed as part of program for TARDEC, which operates under the United States Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center. The military has been working with companies to develop new propulsion technologies that are not reliant on petroleum for fuel.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Army_Tank_Automotive_Research,_Development_and_Engineering_Center

You should be mad at Ford for either not participating, or for entering an inferior vehicle that didn't get chosen.

I think it's great that GM is making military versions of the Colorado. Hopefully those military grade components make their way into the civilian market for the offroading guys.

You should be mad at Ford for either not participating, or for entering an inferior vehicle that didn't get chosen.


Posted by: Brawndo | May 15, 2018 4:13:36 PM

Me, mad at Ford. I have a life, I couldn't care less if they did or they didn't

The Colorado ZH2 is a development project between GM Defense and TARDEC:

http://tardec.army.mil/

http://media.gm.com/media/us/en/gm/home.detail.html/content/Pages/news/us/en/2016/oct/1003-zh2.html

"GM and the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) collaborated to develop the Colorado ZH2 from contract to concept in less than a year."

"GM and the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) collaborated to develop the Colorado ZH2 from contract to concept in less than a year."

"The Colorado ZH2 contract is GM’s second vehicle development with a U.S military branch announced this year. In June, the U.S. Navy unveiled a GM fuel cell-powered Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (UUV) that is currently in pool testing before eventual deployment. The UUV leverages GM fuel cell technology common with the Colorado ZH2, demonstrating the flexibility to power a range of mobile and stationary devices."

papajim,
You again have proven that you are incorrect more often tha not.

This Colorado is a marketing exercise. Create a 15 yearold's wet dream military looking pickup. It is pointless.

The vehicle will be over loaded with 4 guys before they consider their combat kit. The US Colorado is lighter than the global, less durable.

Yup, poopajim, you really know it all. Not.



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